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Dutch King Reveals Secret Life As Part-Time Pilot On KLM Airline

Dutch King Willem-Alexander greets well-wishers during celebrations imprinting his 50th anniversary on Kingsday in Tilburg, south executive Netherlands, in April.

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Dutch King Willem-Alexander greets well-wishers during celebrations imprinting his 50th anniversary on Kingsday in Tilburg, south executive Netherlands, in April.

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The aristocrat of a Netherlands moonlights as a part-time blurb pilot, he told a Dutch journal De Telegraaf.

King Willem-Alexander has spent 21 years as a co-pilot for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, operative in a cockpit twice a month — even after he acceded to a bench in 2013.

It wasn’t a tip that Willem-Alexander, who served in a Royal Netherlands Air Force, had a pilot’s license. But no one knew how frequently he went incognito in a cockpit of unchanging blurb flights.

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“I find drifting simply fantastic,” he told a newspaper, according to a BBC translation. “You can’t take your problems with we off a ground. You can totally switch off for a while and concentration on something else.”

The aristocrat used to fly a Fokker 70, a narrow-body informal airliner. Now he’s being retrained, so he can fly a Boeing 737. He pronounced it “seemed good to fly to other destinations one day, with some-more passengers and bigger distances,” according to a BBC.

He told De Telegraaf that he’s frequency famous in his second job.

He pronounced behind before Sept. 11, when a cockpit doorway was open, he’d infrequently be spotted: “People frequently came to have a demeanour and suspicion it was good or startling that we was sitting there,” he said, according to a interpretation by The Guardian.

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But walking by a airfield in his uniform, he’s frequency identified as a king. Same thing when he gives announcements during flights.

“Most people don’t listen anyway,” he said, according to a Guardian.